The Australian one-day squad is trying to move away from the idea that one man only is captain but Marnus Labuschagne admits he was surprised Josh Hazlewood was chosen as replacement skipper in Sydney last Saturday.
Newly appointed ODI leader Pat Cummins sat out the clash with England after just one game in charge with Hazlewood chosen ahead of the likes of Test vice-captain Steve Smith, and even Alex Carey who has captained the one-day team before.
It raised the eyebrows of former national selector mark Waugh who said ignoring Smith “didn’t make sense” and called for an explanation.
But while Labuschagne was also a bit taken aback by the choice, he said it was part a shift in team culture to ensure anyone could step in to the breach if needed.
That could now include opening batter David Warner, who has been given the chance to have his lifetime leadership ban overturned by Cricket Australia.
The multiple-leader scenario was also raised by Cummins upon his appointment, noting he was unlikely to play every ODI game as he juggles his three-format roles.
“It was probably a little bit of a surprise but I think as a squad and as a group, we‘re trying to make sure that we’re not just kind of becoming a team that can be focused on one specific person to captain,” Labuschagne said at the MCG on Monday ahead of the third and final clash with England.
“That anyone, at any point can take over depending on what’s happening.
“Josh and Steve are great leaders and Steve‘s got a wealth of captaincy experience.
“Obviously the thought was to give to give Josh an opportunity in that leadership space where he hasn‘t had much opportunity prior to that.”
Labuschagne said that potential for Warner to now be captain could be a good thing too.
“From a captaincy point of view, yeah, for sure. He’s knowledge on the game and the way he thinks about the game is very go…